One of the greatest challenges when carrying out research is finding participants willing to be involved. There are many reasons for this which range from people simply being busy through to some research having real risks attached to it. Often people have an innate caution about being 'experimented on'.
Having both been the investigator recruiting and a participant in research I would say that many volunteers get a lot out of it. You feel like you've done something to help people, you get looked after well by the investigators and you have a chance to look under the lid of medical research.
We are currently recruiting for our study into agoraphobia free and would like to say a big thank-you to all those who have already volunteered as we really appreciate the time, energy and trust that goes into doing this. Also anyone who is interested in being involved we'd love to hear from you.
There are some studies in which you can only wonder at both how the recruitment was done and stand back in awe at the participants willingness to go through with the experiment in order to further our knowledge.
That is why we at Virtually Free have to applaud the team and volunteers involved in a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine entitled 'The Nature and Origin of 'Squirting' in Female Sexual Function', also featured in New Scientist. The study basically investigated whether the phenomena of female ejaculation colloquially known as 'squirting' was simply urination or something different, turns out it is basically urination if you were interested. For the details you can go the link but suffice to say it involved ultrasound scanning at various points including just prior to orgasm.
Having been involved in a number of studies I can only wonder at what the ethics application must of read like. I merely observe that the study was carried out in France.
To move from the surreal to the truly bizarre the results actually have legal ramifications in the UK. This is because sexual acts involving urination are banned under the Obscene Publications Act.
Whilst we don't feel our study is quite that intrusive we still applaud anyone willing to give up their time for any medical research.